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And a Bon Matin to You
This morning, two good thoughts—written independently, but really of a piece—about yesterday’s very large win by petition Trustee candidate Stephen Smith.
Ned Kenney, a freshman, writes, “Four petition candidates have been elected to the Board. A constitution designed to smother future outsiders’ chances of success was shot to smitherines. President Wright, is the writing not on the wall?”
And David Nachman, a sophomore, writes, “This election wasn’t another victory in some conservative revolution. I refuse to believe that 55% of alumni want a radical return to the past. Instead, this is another warning to the administration, perhaps the strongest yet. Those voters have lost faith in the direction of the college and want a trustee who will question the adminstration rather than giving them free reign.”
Neither of these fellows—I know them both—is especially conservative; David is decidedly liberal. But they both have that same critical steer that forbids them accepting the tawdry conceit that says one candidate is conservative and another is liberal, and that’s all you need to know. In reality, it is about the issues.
Which brings me nicely to one more point. In science, one deals with experimental variables and control variables. The latter are held constant while one experimental variable is adjusted. In this election, the status quo candidate was a political conservative, just like the reformist petition candidate. Conservatism was controlled for. The variable at play was status quo versus reform. Reform won.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…